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What is the cause of a large hard lump in my calf muscle?

What is the cause of a large hard lump in my calf muscle?

Injury or growth: This could be the result of injury or a tear to the muscle, muscle spasming (ie: charlie horse), a benign growth or tumor, or a much more serious problem such as a sarcoma (malignant cancer of the muscle). You need to see a doctor to check this out. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Should a hard lump on inner side of calf muscle be cause for concern? Lump is small. Recently had a similar hard lump on back of neck. 33 yr old male.

Should a hard lump on inner side of calf muscle be cause for concern? Lump is small. Recently had a similar hard lump on back of neck. 33 yr old male.

Get examined: Most "lumps" a person finds are benign should be evaluated by a doc at least for piece of mind. Special tests like an MRI or ultimately a biopsy may be in order. They should at least be sized and have a follow exam as well. ...Read more

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I have a lump on the side of my right calf muscle that is causing alot of pain. What is this?

I have a lump on the side of my right calf muscle that is causing alot of pain. What is this?

Few things: You'd need to get it looked at to be sure. A few things come to mind
1. Torn muscle
2. Hematoma (blood collection or bruise)
3. A superficial phlebitis (local inflamed clotted vein)
4. Local infection ...Read more

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I think I have pulled my calf muscle. My calf muscle has been feeling like it is pulling and hurts a little bit. I also have a lump on the inside of m?

I think I have pulled my calf muscle. My calf muscle has been feeling like it is pulling and hurts a little bit. I also have a lump on the inside of m?

Calf discomfort: A strain or muscle cramp in a calf muscle can cause ongoing calf discomfort. Rarely bleeding into the calf can occur. A ruptured Baker's cyst behind the knee can also cause pain, swelling and tenderness in the calf. A blood clot or phlebitis is a serious cause of calf discomfort and swelling. It's best to be examined by a physician to check for any of these causes of calf pain, tenderness or swell ...Read more

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Firmish lump on right calf muscle when flexed. Can move it around and it goes away when flexation ceases.

Firmish lump on right calf muscle when flexed. Can move it around and it goes away when flexation ceases.

See doctor: A lump should at least be given the once over by an md. Most lumps are benign (nonmalignant). But occasionally someone wins the lottery and it represents a more serious problem. Often an MRI will be ordered or at least have it followed by periodic examinations. ...Read more

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I have a relatively hard lump on the inside of my right leg on the calf muscle. What could it be?

I have a relatively hard lump on the inside of my right leg on the calf muscle. What could it be?

Hard lump: Limited information makes this question difficult. If lump is small and near surface it could be phlebolith which is hardened or calcified vein. If deeper in muscle could be cyst or muscle mass. If you have history of injury then it could be an area of localized muscle spasm or tearing. If this persists you should seek a full examination. ...Read more

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I have one inch diameter lump behind knee just above calf on inner side of knee, I've been stretching calf muscle last 3 days pain behind knee?

I have one inch diameter lump behind knee just above calf on inner side of knee, I've been stretching calf muscle last 3 days pain behind knee?

Bakers cyst: This is most likely a baker's cyst. This is a pouch of joint fluid collecting behind the knee. It can occur with most types of arthritis and with repetitive squatting. The most common cause is osteoarthritis. There are other more dangerous causes of a lump in this area. You should see your doctor to get a definite diagnosis. If you have calf pain and leg swelling go directly to the er. ...Read more

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Big indentation between ankle and calf muscle on one leg compared to the other. Almost feels like lump. Painless and been there 1 year. What is this?

Big indentation between ankle and calf muscle on one leg compared to the other. Almost feels like lump. Painless and been there 1 year. What is this?

Indentation Painless: Noticing an indentation in your leg that was not here before should be evaluated by an orthopedist or podiatrist. They will see if it has any serious signs and also test the muscles tendons nearby. Dr rich blake. ...Read more

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I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

I have some small lumps in back of calf muscle in the middle that feel hot and are sore to the touch by end of day muscle feels tight?

See MD: Please see an MD to rule out blood clots, deep and superficial. Could also be a varicose vein as these can hurt end of day and feel hot etc. ...Read more

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The back of my leg above the knee hurts and there's a lump that hurts when pressed. Also my calf muscle hurt months before this and had a hard lump?

Tendinitis/Myositis: You likely sustained a sprain or partial rupture of the Achilles' tendon with persistent symptoms if it was not medically approached with RICE. The gastrocnemius muscle is the only calf muscle that originates above the knee and the tenderness and nodularity characterize myofascial pain. A Velcro knee sleeve, ice and elevation, foam roller or foot massage, gel insoles and topical NSAID creams help! ...Read more

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Hard lump on lower part of inner left calf muscle when flexing. Not present on other leg. Also odd numb/spasm feeling in same spot when walking stairs?

Hard lump on lower part of inner left calf muscle when flexing. Not present on other leg. Also odd numb/spasm feeling in same spot when walking stairs?

See doc: A hard lump should be evaluated by a doc especially if it hurts and is associated with nerve symptoms. An MRI may be necessary and a biopsy if it is not evident as to what it is. ...Read more

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Lump above ankle where calf muscle begins been there a year. Soft and painless. Doctor said it was just hypertrophy of muscle? Could it be cancer?

Lump above ankle where calf muscle begins been there a year. Soft and painless. Doctor said it was just hypertrophy of muscle? Could it be cancer?

Watch, monitor it: You should look for any increase in its size. Unless it grows in size, it is not cancer. So measure its size carefully once every month and you will know in 6-12 months if it growing and needs further testing with x-rays and scans. ...Read more

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I have suddenly taken severe cramp back of thigh, calf and heel on outer part. I also have a lump on my calf muscle inner leg, had pain for an hour?

Pain with lump: Go to your md now Sudden onset of severe pain and lump could be a cllot in your leg and needs immediately to be evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a grape size hard (ish) lump at the top of my calf muscle, just below the knee. It hurts to walk on, and clicks when I go upstairs. DVT?

I have a grape size hard (ish) lump at the top of my calf muscle, just below the knee. It hurts to walk on, and clicks when I go upstairs. DVT?

No: It is not DVT. If the lump is fresh means you noticed it for last few days then you need to check it out. If it was there for long time it could be a fat lump which is not dangerous yet still may need to come out if it is painful. ...Read more

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What r symps of pulled calf muscle? Can it cause painful twitches? Normal? Other symp bump along lateral side of lower leg when I stand, like hernia

What r symps of pulled calf muscle? Can it cause painful twitches? Normal? Other symp bump along lateral side of lower leg when I stand, like hernia

Strain: A strained muscle causes soreness and pain on use and takes a week or so to heal. Occasionally bumps in the lateral calf area are due to small herniations of fat tissue through the muscle. Varicose veins are another possibility. A physician would have to examine you to be sure. Muscle twitches are not commonly due to sprains and can occur spontaneously. Muscle cramps are commonly due to tight musc ...Read more

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What could be the cause for a sudden sharp pain in calf muscle?

Cramp or muscle tear: If you have traveled recently, had pelvis or lower extremity surgery, have a family or personal history of blood clots then that is possible. If just sitting around when occurs, then cramp or ruptured baker's cyst. If during exercise then gastroc (calf muscle) tear. If recent increase of running or walking, then stress fracture but usually does not cause sudden pain. ...Read more

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What would cause intermittent pain in left calf? No redness. Just a small spot at the bottom of the inside of the calf muscle.

Pain in calf: The desciption you give makes me think of a muscle or tendon problem. Could be a tendonitis-an irritation of the tendon from overuse, or a muscle strain/tear.
If it continues have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

What causes a painful muscle spasm in the calf muscle?

A charlie horse.....: Large muscles use a lot of energy to do work, and this is supplied by blood. If the supply is not adequate their can be painful spasm; and if metabolites from heavy activity are not removed there can be spasm. Other causes can be a trapped nerve root irritating the muscle. Some people have greater likelihood of spasm due to underlying genetic causes. ...Read more

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What could cause severe constant pain in my calf muscle?

What could cause severe constant pain in my calf muscle?

Possible clot: Many things can cause calf pain. The most concerning would be a possible blood clot in the legs, otherwise known as a dvt. Symptoms include calf tenderness, swelling and redness of the extremity. I would recommend getting evaluated asap. ...Read more

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I get a hot feeling on my calf muscle off and on now I also feel it in my thigh. What causes this? Sitting and standing by the way.

I get a hot feeling on my calf muscle off and on now I also feel it in my thigh. What causes this? Sitting and standing by the way.

Calf Calorics: Heat is one of many sensations, both normal and abnormal, that the body can perceive due to a stimulus that is real or unreal. Typically if there is nerve compression somewhere along the course of the nerve as it passes through tissues or at the level of the spine itself, this sensation can occur. If associated with weakness or pain it may be a spinal disc issue causing compression on a nerve. ...Read more

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What can cause calf muscle contractions?

What can cause calf muscle contractions?

Calf muscle contraction: If you are experiencing the cramping at night then this is likely due to compression of lumbar nerves coming from your lower back. You may want to change the position in which you sleep or possibly even the mattress you are sleeping on.
Follow up with a neurologist to determine whether you have lumbar spine problems.
Good luck ...Read more

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I have heat emanating from my right leg, between the sin and calf muscle, cause?

I have heat emanating from my right leg, between the sin and calf muscle, cause?

Infection/inflammed: Get it examined. You may have phlebitis or cellulitis of the leg- call now or go directly to the ER. ...Read more

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Calf muscle spasm. What causes this and how can I stretch it out when it happens.

Calf muscle spasm. What causes this and how can I stretch it out when it happens.

Multiple factors:: Low potassium, low calcium, muscle overuse, trauma, dehydration are common causes. Massage with Bio-Freeze and stretch by pulling toes toward your chest or stand and lift your up using foot and toes (calf stretch), I suggest electrolyte rich drinks (Powerade, Gatorade, Vitamin Water, Pedialyte) and calcium tablets (Caltrate) ...Read more

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What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

2 things: Not a usual combination. My answer is specualtive (beware). High catecholamine levels (or caffeine, cocaine, amphetamine or other stimulants) can cause this or they may be totally unrelated. ...Read more

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What are some things that can cause problems for calf muscle tissue?

What are some things that can cause problems for calf muscle tissue?

Several things: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with his doctor. In that meeting, his doctor will listen to him, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell him what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more